2022 Artists

Anna Reider, violin

Anna Reider, violin, is first violinist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and concert mistress of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Her first solo orchestra performance was at age seven, and has since had a highly acclaimed career. Full Bio.

Helen Hwaya Kim, violin

Helen Hwaya Kim, violin, made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of six, and has gone on to become a respected and sought-after artist. She is the full violin professor at Kennesaw State University. Full Bio.

Ashley Sidon, cello

Respected as both a soloist and chamber musician, Ashley Sandor Sidon is the Briggs Endowed Professor of Cello at Drake University and Executive Director of the Zenith Chamber Music Festival. As an invited performer and clinician, Dr. Sidon’s credits include international solo performances across China, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, France, Poland, and Brazil.  Nationally, her performances as a chamber musician and as an orchestral soloist have taken her to the leading universities, chamber music festivals, and concert stages from Maine to California.  Full Bio.

Sheldon Person, viola

Praised by the Edmonton Journal for performing “with precision and grace,” and by NUVO Magazine for his “consistently rich tone [and] expressive, intense playing,” Sheldon Person is a violist in the Houston Symphony and enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, recitalist, and teacher. Full Bio.

Lei Weng Profile

Lei Weng, piano

Steinway Artist Lei Weng enjoys a successful international career as an accomplished pianist, a dedicated teacher, and a sought-after adjudicator and clinician. Hailed as “a colorist of exemplary control” by the New York Concert Review for his sold-out Carnegie Hall debut, he has performed at prestigious venues around the world, and at such music festivals as the Tanglewood Festival, Messiaen Festival, MusicFest Perugia (Italy), Pianoforte-Fest Meissen (Germany), Sarasota Festival, Breckenridge Music Festival, and International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival. Full Bio.

Xavier Foley, double bass

Xavier Foley is known for communicating his virtuosity and passion for music on the double bass, which is rarely presented as a solo instrument. Winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has been recognized on New York WQXR’s “19 for 19” Artists to Watch list, and featured on PBS Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs. Also a composer, Xavier was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Sphinx Organization for a new work entitled “For Justice and Peace” for Violin, Bass, and String Orchestra, which was recently performed at venues including Carnegie Hall as part of a program designed to promote social justice. Full Bio.

Hannah Holman, cello

Hannah Holman, cellist, joined the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the beginning of the 2012-2013 season. Her career has encompassed orchestral and chamber music, solo performances, and teaching. In a review of the second CD she recorded with pianist Réne Lecuona, Fanfare magazine declares “her tone and technique are the stuff that cello legends are made of “… Holman’s cello sings with a lustrous tone that’s hard to resist.” Full Bio.

Local Artists

Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra Sextet

The Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra, formed in 2017, is a jazz big band made up of women musicians from across the state, dedicated to showcasing and encouraging the participation of women and girls in jazz. The smaller IWJO Sextet made its debut performance at the 2020 Iowa City Jazz Festival and has been performing regularly since. Full Bio.

Clarence Padilla, Clarinet

Clarence Padilla is a Professor of Music (clarinet) at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and served as Music Department Chair from 2004 to 2018.  Professor Padilla has concertized, conducted and presented master classes across the United States in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, California, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Arizona and the District of Columbia.  International performances and teaching presentations have been given in Italy (2018/2019), Ecuador (2017), Brazil (2014), France (2011/2017/2019), China (2009/2013/2016), Mexico (2005/2007), and Germany and Austria (1993/2019). Full Bio.

Andrew Classen, trumpet

Andrew Classen
 is professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Drake University. He is currently principal trumpet with the Orchestra Iowa. He has played with numerous Broadway shows including: Wicked, Spamalot, Book of Mormon, Hairspray, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers, Chicago (solo trumpet), The Full Monty42nd Street, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

He is in much demand as a clinician/guest artist for recitals, masterclasses and seminars, regionally, nationally and internationally. He has performed in China, Mexico, England and much of continental Europe. His classical trumpet album, It’s About Time, is available through Amazon or the iTunes store. Full Bio.